SPER was originally formed in fall 2006 under the name Students Confronting
Apartheid in Israel (later ‘by Israel’), but we changed our name to Students for
Palestinian Equal Rights in order to better reflect the mission of our organization and
our desired goals.
Since SPER’s inception, successive generations of Stanford students have gathered
to organize educational events, and to campaign for the University’s divestment
from companies profiting from Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. You
can read more about our previous events and our divestment campaign on the past
SPER is a vibrant and dynamic organization that seeks to actively engage with the Stanford community. We enjoy working with other student organizations toward mutual goals.
If you would like to contact SPER, please reach out at StanfordSPER ‘at’ gmail ‘dot’ com.
SPER’s Weekly Meetings
SPER holds weekly meetings during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. For fall 2013, we will meet every Monday from 9-10PM in Old Union 122.
The main purpose of these meetings is to plan educational events and work on
our divestment campaign. Anyone who is interested in contributing to these activities is
welcome to attend!
Relationship to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS)
Students for Palestinian Equal Rights (SPER) stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people’s struggle for self-determination, justice, and equality. We fully stand with Palestinian civil society and the International community in realizing the three goals laid out in the call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions:
Ending Israel’s occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the separation wall;
Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN Resolution 194.
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions are the tools with which we can fight for these basic human rights. These tactics (BDS) will vary all over the world, as different solidarity groups work on the campaigns most relevant to their communities. SPER’s current campaign calls on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University to selectively divest its endowment from companies that profit from violations of human rights and International law in Israel/Palestine. Our fight for divestment at Stanford is a part of the larger movement to end the occupation, to realize the full equality of Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and to support the right of return for Palestinian refugees.